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by america's biggest ally in the middle east, israel. an air attack across the syrian border. everyone waiting for what happens next. abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz, tracking it for us tonight. martha? >> reporter: diane, this is a very significant move and was clearly a red line for israel. this is what we know. officials say truckloads of dangerous weapons were being loaded from a facility in syria and then were headed for lebanon. officials say inside those trucks were fa-17s. those are very capable, mobile radar-guided surface to air missiles. israeli war planes were launched to destroy the trucks and stop them from entering lebanon before the militant group hezbollah could get their hands on them. the building where the trucks were loading or departing was also hit. hezbollah is a sworn enemy of israel. if hezbollah had gotten those missiles, it would have significantly increased their capability in any future conflict with israel. so, this was not israel getting involved in the conflict in syria, per se, it was very much israel making a preemptive strike
unilateral sanctions against iran. and what some on the hill perceive as a lack of support for israel. >> hagel's record is very, very troubling on the nation of israel. he has not been a friend to israel. >> reporter: hagel and the white house say these are misperceptions. with hagel telling his hometown paper today, he has unequivocal, total support for israel. but he still has a lot of convincing to do on capitol hill. his confirmation is far from guaranteed and the chorus against his nomination seems to be getting louder, despite the best efforts of the white house. diane? >> all right, thank you so much, martha. and as you know, the president's other big pick today was for the man he wants to lead the cia. his white house terrorism adviser, john brennan, whose work ethic is legend. in fact, the president hailed him for standing watch over the nation and teased him about it. >> it was in the summer, august, he's in full suit and tie. and one of the reporters asked him, "don't you ever get any down time?" and john said, "i don't do down time." he's not even smiling now. >> and ther
sanctions against iran. and what some on the hill perceived a lack of support for israel. >> hagel's record is very, very troubling in the nation of israel. he's not been a friend to israel. >> reporter: hagel and the white house says these are misperceptions. with hagel telling his hometown paper, he has unequivocal, total support for israel. but he still has a lot of convincing to do on capitol hill. his confirmation is far from guaranteed. and the chorus against his nomination seems to be getting louder, despite the best efforts of the white house. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. >>> and the president moved to fill another key national security position. nominating john brennan to be the next head of the cia. brennan spent 25 years at the intelligence agency. his name was floated for director at the start of president obama's first term. but brennan, at the time, withdrew his name when critics linked him to harsh interrogation techniques used by the cia when george w. bush was in the white house. >>> also, it's back to work monday for secretary of state hillary clinton, after a mon
with iran and some question how strongly he supports israel. one pro israel group is running an ad against hagel. >> president obama, for secretary of defense, chuck hagel is not a responsible option. even the top senate republican says he is reserving judgment. >> i am going to wait and see how the hearings go and see whether chuck's views square with the job he would be nominated to do. >> some democrats are speaking up for him. >> chuck hagel is a tremendous patriot and statesman. served incredibly in vietnam. served this country as the united states senator. >> reporter: president obama is about to lose his treasury secretary. tim geithner is the last original member of the president's economic team. he leaves as three major deadlines loom. by end of february, the treasury will lose the power to borrow more to pay america's bills. across the board spending cuts to every federal program kick in on march 1. the government will run out of all congressional funding by the end of march. the current chief of staff is expected to inherit those headaches as geithner's replacement. president ob
of your colleagues have come out against his appointment saying he's not sufficiently supportive of israel or tough enough on iran among other issues. do you share their concerns? >> well, i'm going to take a look at all the things that chuck has said over the years and review that and in terms of his qualifications to lead our nation's military. >> but do you still believe he has the stature on foreign policy and national security to be secretary of defense? >> well, he certainly has been outspoken in foreign policy and defense over the years. the question we will be answering if he's the nominee is do his views make sense for that particular job? i think he ought to be given a fair hearing like any other nominee, and he will be. >> but you still have an open mind? >> i'm going to wait and see how the hearings go and see whether chuck's views square with the job he would be nominated to do. >> finally on the issue of guns, clear that the president wants to move fast on the issue of gun control coming out of the sandy hook shooting. vice president biden's task force is likely to make recom
be a controversial pick. he advocates negotiating with iran and some question how strongly he supports israel. one pro israel group is already running an ad against heigle. >> for secretary of defense, chuck heigl se not a responsible option. >> even the top senate republican is holding back judgments. >> i will wait and see how the hearing goes, and see if chuck's view squares with the job he would be nominated to do. >> some democrats are speaking up for him. >> chuck hiegle is a tremendous patriot and statesman and served incredibly in vietnam and served this country as the united states senator. >> and president obama is about to lose his treasury secretary. tim gietner is the last original member of the finance team. he leaves as three major deadlines loom. by the end of february the treasury will lose the power to barrow more to pay america's bills. across-the-board spending cuts to every federal program kick in on march 1st. and the government will run outs of all congressional funding by the end of march. the current white house chief of staff is expected to inherit those headaches as gite
: but it was a comment about israel and what he called the jewish lobby which intimidates capitol hill that angered many. >> this is an in your face nomination by the president to all of us who are supportive of israel. >> reporter: picking a republican to lead the pentagon makes strategic sense for the president with budget cuts looming. >> republicans don't really like chuck hagel. one of their own. >> chuck hagel busts the republican party establishment and opposing the war in iraq. there's no surprise. >> reporter: hagel has the most important supporter. >> i've served with chuck hagel. i know him. he's a patriot. >> reporter: the president will have a fight on his hands with this nomination and not just with republicans, with democrats as well who control the senate and the confirmation process. it's one of the reasons the white house was telling democrats up on the hill in the senate about this nomination, that it's coming down the road, trying to soften the blow. >> david kerley with a preview of the fight ahead this week. david, thank you. >>> an alabama teenager will be in court tomorrow. charg
. >> happening now in washington, d.c., defense secretary nominee chuck hagel is facing tough questions on israel, iran and the 2007 troop surge during confirmation, he. >> correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam. is that correct or incorrect, yes or no? >> my reference to.... >> are you going to answer the question? >> i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer. >> you let the record show that he refuses to answer yet. >> if confirmed he wogs succeed leon panetta. >> kristen: 49er fans are soaking up the experience leading up to the big game. they are bank go in the glow event for fans. katie marzullo takes us behind the scenes. >> we are leaving on thursday, hopefully leaving on monday and get some superbowl tickets. >> mike will return to south san francisco without setting foot inside the ser superdome but he is adding a splash of red. >> consider how much more work it took for 49er fans to get here. >> it was hard to get a flight. we got tickets. our tickets were $950. >> the family is here from chic
he supports israel. one pro israel group is already running an ad against heigle. >> for secretary of defense, chuck heigl se not a responsible option. >> even the top senate republican is holding back judgments. >> i will wait and see how the hearing goes, and see if chuck's view squares with the job he would be nominated to do. >> some democrats are speaking up for him. >> chuck hiegle is a tremendous patriot and statesman and served incredibly in vietnam and served this country as the united states senator. >> and president obama is about to lose his treasury secretary. tim gietner is the last original member of the finance team. he leaves as three major deadlines loom. by the end of february the treasury will lose the power to barrow more to pay america's bills. across-the-board spending cuts to every federal program kick in on march 1st. and the government will run outs of all congressional funding by the end of march. the current white house chief of staff is expected to inherit those headaches as gite neither's replacement. and president obama has promised quick action on vi
overseas where israel made a rare military strike against one of its neighbors, syria. here is abc's global affairs correspondent martha raddatz with more. >> reporter: officials say truck loads of dangerous weapons were being loaded from a facility in syria and then headed for lebanon. officials say inside those trucks were sa-17s, those are very capable, mobile, radar-guided surface-to-air missiles. israeli war planes were launched to destroy the trucks and stop them from entering lebanon before the militant group hezbollah could get their hands on them. the building where the trucks were loading or departing was hit. hezbollah is a sworn enemy of israel. if hezbollah had gotten those missiles it would have significantly increased their capability in any future conflict with israel. this was not israel getting involved in the conflict in syria, per se. it was very much israel making a preemptive strike to protect itself. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. >> i think that's important because early reports sort of were, were suggesting that perhaps i had real was getting involved in the
controversial comments on israel incensed many when he said lawmakers on capitol hill were intimidated by what he called the jewish lobby. >> if con foirmd be secretary of defense would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward israel in our nation's history. >> reporter: they say hagel is a friend of israel. but hagel's confirmation, george, as you know, is not guaranteed. >> not at all. john brennan, replacing david petraeus, he's been the president's closest adviser on counterterrorism. at the heart of that hunt for osama bin laden. also, likely to face questions about the president's drone warfare program. >> reporter: exactly those kinds of questions and some enhanced interrogation questions. he's very close to the president. he was right there next to obama when osama bin laden was killed. he, of course, replaces david petraeus, because he resigned in the wake of the sex scandal. >> okay, martha raddatz, thank you so much. >>> and, george, now to what is the earliest and most intense flu outbreak in a decade. as we told you, 41 states reporting cases. 18 children have died. an
, israel's military on high alert, after launching an air strike in syria. targeting surface to air missiles that were apparently being sent on trucks to the military group hezbollah in lebanon. the attack appears to confirm fears that the chaotic civil war has left that country's supply of sophisticated weapons vulnerable. russia called israel's attack unacceptable. >>> and defense secretary nominee chuck hagel sure to face tough questions during his first day of confirmation in the senate. he is not specifically pro-israel and wouldn't be tough enough on iran. >>> and a developing story in arizona. a man wanted for opening fire inside a phoenix office building, killing a ceo in the process, is on the run at this hour. police say 70-year-old arthur harmon shot the top executive of a call center agency that he was suing. two others were wounded. harmon fled in a white rental car. police say he is armed and dangerous. >>> and this morning, walmart has announced it will begin limiting sales of ammunition to three boxes per day per customer. new worries about gun control laws have led
. obviously people have concerned about his stance towards iran and israel. but i think another thing, george, that's going to come up is just his overall temperament, and is he suited to run a department or a big agency or a big entity like the pentagon and so look -- >> do you have questions about his temperament? >> i -- what's that? >> do you have questions about his temperament? >> i think -- i think there are numbers of staffers who are coming forth now just talking about the way he has dealt with them. i have certainly questions about a lot of things. i begin all of these confirmation processes with an open mind. i did have a good relationship with him. i had a good conversation with him this week, but i think this is one where people are going to be listening to what he has to say, me in particular, about the things i just mentioned, but especially some of the positions he's taken, generally speaking, about our nuclear posture. i think you know that i affirmed the new s.t.a.r.t. treaty. a lot of modernization was supposed to take place on our nuclear arsenal. that's not happening at t
under fire for his remarks about iran and israel in the past. he'll sit down with leading democrat chuck schumer of new york, among others, starting today. hagel got a resounding endorsement yesterday from former secretary of state colin powell. >>> we learned overnight that u.s. forces played a role in a failed rescue attempt in somalia last week. u.s. air ships did enter restricted air space briefly but did not use weapon. the hostage was apparently killed in the raid. >>> beijing is shrouded in a toxic fog this morning. as air pollution continues to soar off the charts. schools have canceled outdoor activities. hospitals are getting flooded with patients with breathing problems. children and the elderly are being warned to stay indoors. the smog being blamed on rapid economic growth and a surge in car ownership. >>> and here at home, a scary situation for hundreds of patients treated at a veterans administration hospital in upstate new york. people may have been exposed to hiv or two types of hepatitis. it is linked to an accidental reuse of insulin pens. >>> and now to worries about
on the troop surge in iraq and calling u.s. supporters of israel jewish lobby. >> this is an in your face nomination. >> john brenan is not new to the agency. national counter terrorism active role in the killing of osama bin laden. >> leading the agency in which i serve 25 years would be greatest privilege as well as greatest responsibility of my life. >> the possible link to controversial tactics during bush years caused many in washington to question the choice. he denied any insolvement. >> secretary of state clinton returned to work today for the first time since being side lined by a string of health problems. state department released this photo of clinton previding over a senior staff meeting following a stay where she was treated for a blood clot last week. the secretary suffered a concussion after fainting buring -- during a bout with a stomach virus. today, her staff presented wher protection for her head. >> washington is a contact sport. she opened a box. inside was a football helmet with state department seal, lots gf padding. e number of countries visited as secretary of st
an israel start up that makes technology to help wireless carriers manage their network. today, walking away with a stake estimated $230 mill yichblt how is that? and broader markets today, stocks closed high yes, lawmakers voted to raise the debt keeling and tech stocks rallied amid better than expected earnings. your bloomberg silicon valley index closing up, google, and apple helping pull index up. >> facebook lending a hand to help suicide prevention, providing researchers at the suicide prevention group safe.org with posts from those that take their own lives, experts say it may help friends and family better identify warning signs. in san francisco, i'm emily chang, back to you. >> millions face two more days of bundling up. there is dangerous cold weather tightening it's grip on the northwest. >> so far, it's being blamed for four deaths. commuters drove through fresh snow. sun rise revealed frozen mississippi river. temperatures plunged to 35 degrees in some communities, forecasters expect this to last into the weekend uk see ice covering the side of this gutted warehouse forming aft
just a small fraction of combat soldiers. in israel, just 3%. but some former officers say women will have to prove they have the physical strength to serve on the front lines. >> the combat roles, that has to be addressed, whether the standards are going to be separate. those that enter infantry or special operations units, standards are high and they are high for a reason. >> reporter: so many women have lost their lives already. 152 in the line of duty in iraq and afghanistan alone. but now, it's the actual front lines that will be wide open. cecilia vega, abc news, los angeles. >>> and still ahead, right here on "world news," you will hear the voice that tricked a football hero. >> i just want to say good night and i'll be okay tonight. >> but was the girl on the other end of the phone actually this man? and who is he? that's next. we know all your investments may not be with fidelity, but we can still help you see your big picture. with the fidelity guided portfolio summary, you choose which accounts to track and use fidelity's analytics to spot trends, gain insights, and fi
treaty with israel, egypt helps america with stability in a dangerous region and in the fight against terror. now, with these scenes, the head of the army is warning america's friend is on the verge of collapse. they tell us their new president mohamed morsi is acting like a dictator, like the one every day egyptians overthrew, just two years ago. these are carpenters, tour guides and teachers and they believe if they don't rise up, their country will be turned into an islamic state. we are bracing for another violent night. many of the people we've spoken to here on the street say they won't let up until they get the freedoms and democracy they fought so hard for. diane? >> thanks so much, lama. >>> now, we head over to china tonight, where you can see it once again, that smog, back. and again, still beyond the ability to measure exactly how much hazardous material is in what the chinese are breathing. and there was another staggering sight, an infrastructure collapsed in guangzhou. watch. a whole complex of homes swallowed by a massive sink hole, 30 feet wide, triggered by construct
. a lot of democrats have questions about chuck hagel on his support for israel and firm opposition for republicans. if the president goes forward, he is in for a real fight, likely to get him through but not going to be easy. >> a lot of big fights. this morning we're hearing they're gearing up to take over the nra over gun control in newtown. >> right now he has the public on his side but knows he has to move quickly. that's why vice president biden will report back likely before the president's inaugural on january 20th with his package of recommendations. much broader than simply gun control. also look at mental health issues and look at violence in the media. right now there's going to be a lot of resistance in the senate but they're going to look at things the president can do on his own through executive orders so they get something through. >> george stephanopoulos, thank you. and george has a big show this morning. his guest, key player in the fiscal cliff deal that just passed, the senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. "this week" with george stephanopoulos coming up. >>
hagel to be the next secretary of defense. hagel, who has been accused of being hostile to israel and soft on iran, have come out swinging, telling a nebraska newspaper there is not a shred of evidence he's anti-israeli. and president obama says he's the right man with the right background for the job. >> he would be the first person of enlisted rank to serve as secretary of defense. one of the few secretaries who have been wounded in war. and the first vietnam veteran to lead the department. >> he received two purple hearts and president obama says his defense nominee is the leader u.s. troops deserve. >>> also, the president moved to fill one other key national security position, nominating john brennan to be the next head of the cia. brennan spent 25 years at the intelligence agency. his name was floated for director at the start of president obama's first term in fact, but brennan withdrew when critics linked him to harsh interrogation techniques used by the cia when george w. bush was in office. >>> also, it was back to work monday for secretary of state hillary clinton and h
senator chuck hagel has come under fire for his remarks about iran, israel and gay rights. he'll sit down with a leading democrat chuck schumer of new york among others. hagel got a resounding endorsement yesterday from former secretary of state colin powell. >>> it's been one year since the cruise ship "costa concordia" disaster. hundreds of survivors and relatives of the 32 victims marked the anniversary yesterday with a candlelight vigil near the crash scene. they also released chinese lanterns that floated in the air over the ship which is still stuck in the water. it could be september before it's rolled upright and towed to a port. >> i can't believe it's still in the water. >>> american forces played a role in the failed rescue attempt of a french hostage in somalia last week. president obama revealed that u.s. warplanes entered somali air space to support that rescue operation. no weapons were used, though. the french intelligent agent was held hostage for three years was apparently killed in the failed raid. >>> in russia, signs of anger against a new law banning americans from a
, i think, and explain his positions further, they had some controversy over israel, over iran. we'll ask senator mccain about that this morning and whether he would now vote for chuck hagel. >> martha, thank you. martha has a big show, senators senator john mccain and robert menendez, as she said plus as she said the powerhouse roundtable all coming up later this morning with martha raddatz on "this week." >> a busy show for martha. >>> we'll turn now to what's being called the drop dead gorgeous case, the woman who went from mechanic to beauty queen copping a plea to a brutal crime plotted with her ex-boyfriend to kill a man and abc's clayton sandell has the details. >> reporter: peggy sue thomas is a former beauty queen contestant caught up in an ugly murder. >> i'm not the woman that's been portrayed in the papers over the last few years. >> reporter: the one-time navy airplane mechanic turned miss washington pleaded guilty thursday to helping former boyfriend james huden kill russell douglas. >> i would want to tell his family that i am so sorry for their loss. >> reporter: pr
this week. i look forward to asking him a series of questions about israel, about iran as the major sponsor of the iran sanctions in the senate. i am concerned about some of the comments he has made about sanctions in the past. i think it's our best peaceful diplomacy tool to try to get the iranians to ensure we have no nuclear weapons which we cannot accept from iran and i support the president's view that it's not -- >> and you expect he will be confirmed? >> we'll see. i think that there's been enough senators who have said they would support him, but we'll see. of course, there's the hearings. that always, you know, gives us an insight, and i look forward to his personal answers to a series of my questions. >> i want to go in the end here just something very quickly happening in your home state between newark mayor cory booker and 89-year-old senator frank lautenberg, who basically suggested this week that booker deserved a spanking because he was coveting his seat. do you agree with that? should cory booker be making moves now? >> you know, that election is next year, and all of the ba
. >> this is an in your face nomination by the president to all of us who are supportive of israel. >> he literally built and then led the national counterterrorism center. >> leading the agency in which i served for 25 years would be the greatest privilege, as well as the greatest responsibility of my professional life. >> it's like you almost have to face the devil, you know? as opposed to saying i don't want to know. >> you have a gun? >> yes. >> you still have a glock? >> yes. >> we're both gun owners. we are strong supporters of the second amendment. >> welcome back to work. >> thank you, matt. i have to say, matt, i missed you all. i wouldn't say that under normal circumstances. >> why would you do this to my new desk? what is wrong with you? >> it's out with the old, in with the new. we're going with 11:30. >> but this is -- this is the -- this was the new desk. >> jimmy had a very good week. also coming up this weekend, the global no pants subway day. so folks will be on the subway here in new york without their pants on. yesterday, 4,000 people took place. >> no, no. >> be careful where you sit
about israel. on monday, republican house majority leader eric cantor, who is jewish, said hagel is the wrong man for the job. >> i will make it my mission to ensure that the cia has the tools it needs to keep our nation safe. >> reporter: mr. obama's choice to run the cia, his trusted counterterrorism adviser john brennan, is also facing pushback from the president's supporters on the left, because he supported so-called enhanced interrogation techniques used in the bush administration. meanwhile, outgoing secretary of state hillary clinton received a warm welcome as she returned to the state department for the first time since sustaining a concussion in early december. she was surprised with gifts, including a football helmet to protect that injured head. and a jersey with the number 112, to symbolize the number of countries she's visited as secretary of state. one more big change to the second term cabinet could come later this week. e expect the current chief of staff, jack lew, to replace outgoing treasury secretary tim geithner. >> hillary clinton is leaving. john kerry com
caves in the taliban territory of afghanistan, a remarkable discovery. israel's national library has unveiled a collection of ancient hebrew manuscripts it just bought. the artifacts point to a thriving jewish community in the region about 1,000 years ago. the papers survived because the caves are so dry and so dark. >>> police in florida are asking for help in finding three criminals. they were caught on cameras this past monday as they held up a radioshack in pompano beach. once they corralled workers and customers into a storage room, they fled out the back door and into a waiting get-away car. >> brazen. >>> and on a much lighter note, but also from florida, some anger over what some neighbors are calling an eye sore. >> this homeowner has graffitied his own house. it was his reaction after people in the neighborhood complained about the removal of some trees. now police say the graffiti might not look good, but it isn't a crime. >> the home owner plans on painting over the graffiti at some point, hopefully painting over it with not more graffiti. >> let's hope not. everybody hav
this is a law that i can appreciate in israel. they like a little meat on their models. there's a controversial new law that was passed in march. the models there, they have to prove that they've maintained a bmi, a body mass index of at least 18.5 for three months prior to a fashion shoot and also a woman who is 5'8" can weigh no less than 119 pounds. it also requires advertisers who thin out a model's body with retouching software to disclose that. >> that's a debate here in this country, about be up front if you've been photo-shopped or air-brushed, own it. i like that. so that's good. a little meat on the bones, nothing wrong with that. i like it. >>> this story, i kind of found depressing. there's a new study out, this is from "the daily mail." they said that this generation, current generation is ruder than -- >> shut up, what are you talking about? >> they distinguished between people over 55 and those between 18 and 34 years old. they said the younger folks now are more reluctant to give a cup of tea to builders or tip the postman at christmas. they're less likely to say hello to neighb
. >>> and it is election day in israel and prime minister benjamin netanyahu appears headed for an easy re-election victory. the re-election virtually assures no progress on a peace agreement with palestinians because of fighting the opposition was not able to agree on a candidate to run against netanyahu. >>> it was 40 years ago today that the u.s. supreme court legalized abortion. and 70% of americans polled by "the wall street journal" say the roe versus wade decision should stand. 35% want abortion banned except when the woman is a victim of rape or incest. or if a woman's life is in danger. 9% want abortion illegal in all cases. but 70%, that's the highest ever polled. >>> the nation's pediatricians are calling for better guidelines or childhood vaccine schedules. the american medical association says nearly half of the children born between '04 and '08 were undervaccinated by their second birthday. that study, which is out this morning, shows undervaccinated children are more at risk for inpatient hospital admissions. >>> ever since o.j. simpson's ride in the white ford bronco we're familiar with the
a stunning political reversal in israel. prime minister benjamin netanyahu did not cruise to an easy victory in yesterday's election. netanyahu did win, but a surprisingly strong showing by a political newcomer turned pre-election forecasters on their heads. that means netanyahu may be forced to make a stronger effort at peace with the palestinians. >>> there's relief for dozens of american families who feared they would not be able to adopt children from russia. overnight, the american embassy in moscow confirmed 46 pending adoptions are being allowed to proceed. some of those adopted children may arrive in the u.s. today. they were put in jeopardy when russia banned american adoptions on january 1. >>> the new poll reveals changing views on american immigration policies. 60% of americans favor a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants in the u.s. just three years ago, only half of those polled favored such a move. republicans are leading the change with 53% favoring citizenship for illegal immigration. that's up dramatically from three years ago. >> more fallout from the election per
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